A Maryland man believed to have shot and stabbed his wife and three young children to death before killing himself with a shotgun was having money problems and left a note saying he suffered from "psychological issues," authorities said.
Christopher Wood, 34, may have slashed at least some of his family members in the killings and used a small-caliber handgun on others, Frederick County Sheriff Charles Jenkins said.
He was found dead of an apparently self-inflicted shotgun wound at the foot of the bed where the bodies of his wife and 2-year-old daughter lay, the sheriff said.
Wood's sons were 5 and 4 years old, authorities said. His wife, Francie Billotti Wood, was 33.
The boys were found in their beds in a single bedroom, the sheriff said. Authorities did not release the names of the children.
"These are horrific incidents," said Jenkins, who said he couldn't remember another homicide in the past 20 years in Middletown, a one-stoplight town northwest of Baltimore. "No one should ever have to be exposed to this."
Jenkins told CNN that at least five notes apparently handwritten by Wood were found inside the home. While the notes didn't immediately tell investigators what prompted the killings, they did provide some insight into possible problems.
"There is some indication in at least one of the notes that there might have been some psychological issues with Mr. Wood," Jenkins said.
There was "a mention of some medication" in that note, according to the sheriff.
Jenkins said the sheriff's office had no record of domestic violence or other family disputes at the Wood's home.
He said investigators also have learned of money problems for Wood, a salesman for CSX Railroad.
"We are aware there were some, maybe, debt problems -- some financial problems," Jenkins said.
Francie Billotti-Wood was a blogger, and her blog is still up. You can donate to her favorite charity there.
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